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Punters would be forgiven for thinking that the `Pest Pig' was all about pork. In fact, of the dozen main courses half are poultry, fish or vegetarian. It's a wonderful space, loft-like almost, with high tables and charming, informed service. The wine card is very, very good and most wines are available by the glass, too.
An easy-going, contemporary Hungarian bistro; as you cross the threshold, wonderful aromas hint at what is to come. Carefully sourced ingredients feature in authentic recipes and prices are fair. Mangalitza pork is a speciality.
The name translates as “The Pest Pig,” and that pretty much sums up the offerings at this buzzy gastro pub on the Pest side of the city. The restaurant’s founding chef Tamas Bereznay did a stint as the Hungarian president’s personal chef, and before that he oversaw the kitchen at Karpatia, one of those fine dining establishments in Budapest that comes with gilded ceilings and Gypsy serenades. But with Pesti Diszno, he made a bet on livelier cooking and a livelier environment, characteristics continued by his successor, Gyula Molnar. Pesti Diszno is sort of a Hungarian Momofuku: loud and trendy, and serving surprisingly good food, heavy on the pork.
Just over a year old, it has already established itself as one of the best places in the city for sampling Mangalitsa, the indigenous, longhaired pig that nearly went extinct in the factory farms of the Communist regime but has lately experienced something of a foodie revival. Well marbled and intensely flavorful, it turns up here in guises both traditional (a peppery goulash) and not (a juicy, towering burger, dripping with yogurt Gorgonzola sauce). Slices of grilled loin, whose slightly charred edges impart a bitterness to offset the impossibly rich meat, are an excellent introduction to mangalitsa’s glories (the hunk of crisp potato cake, layered with sheep’s milk cheese, doesn’t hurt either). The restaurant bills itself as “Budapest’s first tapas bar,” and the menu includes a series of small plates that, in the evening, draw stylish young diners around high tables. While there’s nary a fresh vegetable in sight, the menu does contain a handful of nonpig offerings — an earthy pheasant consommé, for example, or a smooth goose liver pâté with the fiery local fruit brandy, palinka.
The Budapest Broadway (Nagymező street is called by this name) offers numerous culinary experiences starting from one of the best Italian pizza slices (Pizzica) to great Vietnamese cuisine (Dang Muoi). Pesti Disznó fits perfectly into the line of superb eating places in the street, and also in the city. This modern, stylish bistro offers mainly Hungarian dishes of mangalica (our nearly extinct longhaired pig) with some exceptions. Entering the bistro you realize that the high ceiling (so common in Budapest buildings) gives plenty of space to decorate the walls with wine bottles from all over the country. A simple, yet meaningful design. The covered terrace is one of my favorites, It is nice to sit and enjoy the sun, watching the passersby. As it is a popular restaurant, it is definitely recommended that you book your table in advance. Most of the waiters (mainly men) have been working at the restaurant for a long time, so they are knowledgeable about the menu, kind and helpful. However, I did not experience that they want to go beyond their main tasks to serve you, and they are difficult to catch.
Once they forgot the order, and just simply didn’t pass by our table for about 10-15 minutes. That is the only negative impression though. We had an aubergine cream, goat cheese cream, and goose liver terrine as an entrée. The aubergine had a slightly smoky taste, perfectly seasoned, just as it should be. The goat cheese was a very good quality, with a bit of tomato concasse on the top. It was served with fresh bread. The goose liver terrine was also delicious, served with fig jam. Bőrös malackaraj (skinned pork loin) was the main dish, served with polenta. Tasty and not too fatty, which we found special, as the pork loin is typically served fatty with skin in Hungary. Somlói galuska is a piece of art in the Pesti Disznó: small dumplings are served on an oval-sized plate, covered with chocolate stripes and cream. The different kinds of sponge cakes were merged nicely, and the texture of the cake was perfect! I especially liked the caramelized walnut pieces between the layers. I would consider this to be one of the best Somlói sponge cakes in the city.
This boisterous, trendy gastropub on the city’s Pest side serves an irresistible pork-centric menu. Chef Tamas Bereznay specializes in the tasty Mangalitsa, an indigenous pig known for its flavorful, well-marbled meat that has seen a revival since disappearing during the Communist regime (try it in the goulash, you won’t be sorry). Non-pork dishes include a foie gras terrine with red onion marmalade and sirloin steak with oyster mushroom strudel and smoked cheese sauce. The contemporary space with high-top tables and soaring ceilings draws a hip, young crowd.
"We ate here on our first night in Budapest. Budapest is packed with restaurants and bars so it can be overwhelming to make a choice, but we were so glad to find this gem! The staff was certainly one of my favorite parts of the meal (all were so kind, fun, energetic AND attractive!) but the food was equally impressive. It's certainly a creative and delicious menu (we had to try to gizzards, being from the southern part of the US, where it's a staple) and despite the unique preparation we loved them! It is such a great spot to sit outside and people watch, but also just the right distance away from the crazy bar scene so not to overwhelm you while you're trying to eat. The inside is also really beautiful decorated and the bar is enchanting. I can't wait to return to Budapest so I can try it again!"
"We had a very enjoyable dinner at Pesti Diszno during our stay in Budapest. Staff was extremely friendly - I have to mention waiter Andras especially here! The menu is rather short, but the quality of food is good. I especially liked the presentation of the chocolate mousse on a slab of stone! They were also extremely child-friendly. The interior is very stylish. The setting is also very nice: Nagymezô utca with its theaters is a relaxed street where children can climb around the stone sculptures and other artefacts placed on the street just in front of the restaurant. (Our children certainly did!) A lovely evening!"